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Morning links: Homecoming for Ryan Longwell

Post by Eric Williams on Jan. 10, 2013 at 8:25 am with 42 Comments »
January 10, 2013 8:27 am
New Seattle Seahawks kicker Ryan Longwell (7) watches a kick as Jon Ryan (9) holds during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in an NFC divisional playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
New Seattle Seahawks kicker Ryan Longwell (7) watches a kick as Jon Ryan (9) holds during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in an NFC divisional playoff game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ryan Divish of The News Tribune profiles the Seattle Seahawks new kicker, 38-year-old Ryan Longwell. The 15-year veteran takes over for Steven Hauschka, who was placed on injured reserve with a calf strain suffered in Seattle’s playoff win last week at Washington.

Longwell sat out this year after being cut in May by Minnesota, who drafted rookie kicker Blair Walsh last April. Signing with the Seahawks is a homecoming of sorts for Longwell, who grew up in nearby Puyallup, Wash., before moving to Bend, Ore., in ninth grade.

Longwell said he’s been working out in Orlando, Fla., waiting for an opportunity.

“It’s kind of fun to come full circle and be back here and hopefully help this team win,” Longwell said. “It’s an honor to put on the helmet that you grew up watching,”

John McGrath of The News Tribune, reporting from the Atlanta Falcons headquarters, says Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan isn’t concerned about his 0-3 record in the playoffs. “We’re a different team, a different group than last year,” is Ryan’s stock reply. The answer could be construed as shallow if it weren’t the whole, undeniable truth: New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has installed a diverse, up-tempo attack that resembles nothing the Falcons brought to any of their three playoff defeats since 2008.

The Seahawks will use three players – Bruce Irvin, Greg Scruggs and new addition Patrick Chukwurah – to replace the product lost by the loss of Chris Clemons.

Clare Farnsworth of writes the rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin is ready to take on a bigger role with Clemons’ out.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is no longer taking the risks and gambles he did in his first season with the Seahawks, and it has paid dividends.

ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at Russell Wilson’s numbers throwing from inside and outside the pocket. Wilson has thrown 22 of his touchdowns from inside the pocket, five from outside the pocket.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times writes that Richard Sherman does more than talk the talk – he backs it up as well.

Matt Bowen of The National Football Post is looking forward to a Kam Chancellor vs. Tony Gonzalez matchup on Sunday.

Brian Burke writing for The New York Times Fifth Down Blog gives Seattle a slight edge – 51 percent – over Atlanta. He offers a nice statistical breakdown of the numbers favoring each team.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports talks with Jay Matthews, the Colorado Rockies scout who coveted Russell Wilson. Matthews says the same characteristics that have made him a success in his rookie season in the NFL would have propelled him to the major leagues. Matthews: “He’s such a strong-willed and -minded person, if he put his mind to it, he could do it. When all the naysayers told him he’s 5-foot-10, I was saying to myself, ‘Don’t dare say that.’ He’s the kind of person who would prove you wrong. If enough people told him he couldn’t come back and play baseball, he might wake up one day and say, ‘OK, fine. I’ll do it.’ I wouldn’t say anything is impossible for that young man.”

ESPN’s Stats & Info blog gives us eight things to look for in the Hawks-Falcons matchup.

Morning links
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  1. I think Brian Burke’s system he uses has been pretty successful predicting Seahawks games this year.

  2. NWPoseidon says:

    Mariners should trade for the rights for Russell Wilson just because.

  3. FleaFlicker says:

    Speaking of match-ups and personnel packages, totally awesome breakdown on Field Gulls regarding Zach Miller on 3rd Down:

  4. Hammajamma says:

    A little surprised that Burke has SF a 66% winner over GB. Would have thought it would be closer. A SEA v. SF championship game would be pure theater and spare us more endless Tate replays.

  5. The Falcons players have got to be sick of being constantly asked about their playoff futility. It seems to be the only question they get…got that monkey firmly on the back. It has to mess with their heads.

  6. Someone said the Rookie of the Year voting is done…this is NOT true:

    “Fans can vote for one of these five players on through 9:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 29 to determine the 2012 Pepsi MAX Rookie of the Year.”

    Here is a shortcut link to vote for Wilson. Each time you refresh the page, your vote will be submitted. You should see a “1” in the upper left corner, which indicates your vote was tallied:

  7. edstang45 says:

    Is the fan vote just for sh..and giggles or does it really count …i think the vote is in already or rather heard it was …..Eric??

  8. chuck_easton says:


    That is the fan vote rookie of the year.

    The actual OROY and DROY were voted on by the sports writers and their votes had to be in last week.

    Don’t confuse te two. The Pesi MAX rookie of the year is a popularity contest only and RGIII will that in a landslide.

  9. There is AP Rookie of the Year which is voted by the AP sportswriters. That voting was right after the regular season. This is the important one and the one most of us care about.

    Then there is the Pepsi Max one which is kind of like the Pro Bowl in that it incorporates fan voting. Not too many people care about this one as much.

  10. What Chuck said lol

  11. chuck_easton says:

    Hey pabs,

    As long as we both say the same thing it must be correct. We don’t agree all the time! :).

  12. I stand mostly corrected. Thanks.

  13. edstang45 says:

    Thats ok audible as long as yer correct picking hawks to win lol

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    When do they announce the AP Roy?

  15. RW proved my sorry ass wrong – lol

  16. The AP Awards are announced the day/night before the Super Bowl in an Awards Ceremony.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Thanks pabuwal.

  18. HeatherHawk says:

    The LA Times Sherman article is actually good and presents him in an accurate and positive light.

  19. Sloooow day here today…is there a game this week?

  20. NYHawkFan says:

    jboard1 – I was just about to post the same thing! lol

  21. NYHawkFan says:

    On a slow news day like today, I wish that those who’ve read some good/interesting article would share the link.

  22. Ah crap…eric already posted that lol. Disregard that one

  23. NYHawkFan says:

    Some may have missed it, though, so thanks!

  24. No problem. Now i want the espn media heads to apologize for falsely accusing Sherm or starting that confrontation. After the game they were slamming Sherm saying he is immature and needs to stop acting out. That video that surfaced clearly showed Sherm giving props to the Skins, until big boy TW stepped to him with his helmet ON. That dude is a pansy sore loser (and i’m surprised we havn’t heard that he has been fined or suspended yet). If goodell doesn’t fine him, he has no credibility left with me. But back to Sherm, i’m glad some people realize he was not the one who started that.

  25. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t know if this (break it down) link has been posted yet about how Atlanta might attack a Clemons-less front.

  26. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Oh no! Wilson has been warned! Don’t lead block for Lynch or the Falcons will put a hurt on you. Lol.

  27. NYHawkFan says:

    The LA Times article clearly pointed out that Sherman’s smack is all an act. Besides, it’s not as though Sherman is doing anything unique. Trash-talking has a long and glorious history in the NFL. Besides, as some have pointed out, it’s not boasting if you can back it up. The ones that complain about it are usually just sore looser’s.

  28. Good links Georgia, thanks. Oh no Russell! Watch out! Like the skins were not going to try to hit him, they couldn’t if they tried!

  29. NYHawkFan says:

    I’m sure Wilson is shaking in his boots (Nike’s) lol

  30. NYHawkFan says:

    Post Intelligencer headline: “Statistician Nate Silver predicts Seahawks-Patriots rematch in Super Bowl.” Of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl match up, because we’ve never played the Patriots in the Super Bowl. It would, however, be a match up from regular season.

  31. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Hey fellas <3 Russell Wilson for president

  32. trout_hound says:

    It does seem slow around here considering this is the Hawks biggest game in a couple of years. I’m getting antsy. I really want to see the Hawks come out fired up and attacking.

    At least when Russell blocks, he usually picks on someone his own size (ie, Josh Wilson). I don’t think he’ll be going out of his way to take on linebackers. He’s a smart kid. I would like to see him plant Asante Samuel on his ass.

    Although the Falcons will attack him, I don’t think Carroll is going to leave Irvin out on a island at DE, at least in running situations. He’ll be switching him up with Scruggs and moving him around, most likely.

  33. Dukeshire says:

    I love Wilson’s effort but question the judgement. Basically, I just don’t want him taking any unnecessary hits. And most of his blocks are simply running interference, with is perfect.

  34. I think that is the real ACIB. It takes time but eventually everyone comes along to Russell Wilson’s side.

  35. The Falcan’ts are going to get punched in the face, hard, on Sunday. Can’t wait!

  36. pabs – If you’re a winner, people will come to your side if he’s a ‘winner’ on your favorite team. I sure would be mad if I were a fan of some team with a loser QB though and your team passed on this guy for 2+ rounds last spring.

  37. Georgia – remember when Wilson made his first appearance in the preseason game against the Titans (8/11/12) –

    Comment From Pabuwal
    Georgia – years from now we will think back where we were when the Legend of Russell Wilson began


    I now know what it’s like for the older folks when they remember where they were when they heard JFK was assassinated lol.

  38. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Pabs, Yes I do.

    And BobbyK, you mean some team with a loser QB like the Jags? Can you believe it? They actually took a punter ahead of Wilson. That’s just a bunch of Mularkey there now.

  39. Its enough to make a Jags fan boil over with Anger, isn’t it?

  40. raymaines says:

    There are clubs you wish you could trade draft picks with aren’t there! I’ll bet that Jacksonville, Oakland, KC, NYJ, and a few others will pick ahead of the Seahawks every year for years and years to come. Those are all teams with bozo management.

    A good record starts at the top and works it’s way down to the players rather than the other way around. I’m so happy that Paul Allen hired JS&PC and trusts them enough to let them take chances and work their magic.

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